Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

Membership Benefits


Why You Should Join a Hearing Loss Chapter


  • Meet others with Hearing Loss


  • Learn how to improve understanding


  • Learn how community is helping


  • See technology that will help me


  • Enjoy social functions with the group


  • Tips on how to navigate the hearing world with hearing loss.


June 4th EVENT NOTICE

Chapter SOCIAL Outing at Redefined Hope Boutique, Coffee Shop and Salon

Located at 11850 Brookville Rd., Indianapolis, Indiana.

10am-noon

Redefined Hope was built in support of the Hope Center in Indianapolis. The mission of the Hope Center is to impart "hope and healing to every heart" with special emphasis on providing complete care for women survivors of human trafficking and other affecting problems. It is a worthwhile place to visit and we hope you will join us for this social outing. We will receive a tour of the facility and we plan on going to lunch afterwards.

Please let Cindy know if you will be able to join us before May 30th so she can get a headcount . chelmich@hlaa-indianapolis.org




The term DHH is used to represent all people who identify as Deaf, deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, DeafBlind and Deaf with Additional Disabilities.

HOH is Hard of Hearing

Informal, open to all, virtual chat meetings are each Saturday.

Next informal chat meeting is May 21st 2022
between 3 & 4 PM! NB: NEW TIME

Meeting & Informal Chat LINK is:

(or Phone Number to call in (570) 500-5073‬ use PIN: ‪771 105 468#‬)

Informal, open to all, virtual chat meetings are each Saturday.

Next informal chat meeting is May 21st 2022
between 3 & 4 PM! NB: NEW TIME

Meeting & Informal Chat LINK is:

(or Phone Number to call in (570) 500-5073‬ use PIN: ‪771 105 468#‬)

Seminars, advocacy for the Hard of Hearing community, social events, support & volunteer opportunities

  • you are never alone in your hearing loss- 48 million people in U.S. have it

  • meet a new friend

  • learn technology for hearing loss

Contact us: info@HLAA-Indianapolis.org

HLAA-Indianapolis is an affiliate of HLAA National. Please visit www.hearingloss.org for the National webpage.

Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

We believe sharing our hearing loss journeys through socialization, advocacy, information, and education is important for hearing health. Our organization is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering support to all ages who have hearing loss.

There are over 48 million people in the United States who have hearing loss. Today one in five people have hearing loss. The National Hearing Loss Association of America has existed for over 30 years helping people learn how to best cope. It used to be called the Self Help Hard of Hearing (SHHH) organization when it started. In addition, through our advocacy efforts, affiliates located in all 50 states we have made monumental changes in recent years through legislation and policy on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Come learn more about us and meet new friends who have hearing loss. All our meetings are VIRTUAL with cc throughout 2020.

We also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the community. If you are interested, please contact us.

Our Chapter President, Teresa Gonzalez, would like to share this exciting news:

Our chapter is honored to be the recipient of the 2020 HLAA Up and Coming Chapter Award! The award will be presented at the HLAA 2021 Convention in San Diego at the Awards Ceremony and Reception.

The Up and Coming Chapter Award is presented to a new chapter (under 2 years old), which most effectively delivers the HLAA mission for its members and the community. This award recognizes chapters for their overall programs that have opened the world of communication for local people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy.

HLAA – Indianapolis Chapter Meetings for 2022

All meetings are on 1st Saturdays of the month. (Check if they are virtual in the calendar)

Virtual Meeting link is: https://meet.google.com/hon-jtjc-dpr

Meetings are from 10:00 am to noon with the Speaker at 10:30am.

Virtual Meetings CLOSED CAPTIONS.



Meeting Location after social distancing ceases:

Irvington Public Library: 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis 46219

Irvington Public Library

2022 Meeting Schedule

2022 Meeting Schedule Link

How to join our virtual meetings.

Link for ALL meetings is: https://meet.google.com/hon-jtjc-dpr

(Phone Number to call in is (570) 500-5073‬, PIN: ‪771 105 468#‬)

Copy this into any browser to join the meeting.

You do NOT need to register.

Some meetings will be held at Irvington Public Library.

ANYONE CAN JUST JOIN OUR VIRTUAL MEETINGS.

Non Members are MOST WELCOME.

Schedule content may be subject to change.


Link to download Chapter Calendar LINK

NEW! Request ASR Captions for your Zoom Account.

Zoom just announced it will provide its high-quality ASR captions (Live Transcript) FREE for people with hearing loss. Click here to request access. This feature will be rolled out to all free Zoom accounts by Fall 2021. Read announcement.


Our Chapter was well represented at the "Listening & Spoken Language" conference in Indianapolis Feb 22, 2020.

Our meetings are a place where you can feel comfortable with others who have hearing loss too.

You are never alone!


Regular meetings are held with live captioning displayed on an overhead screen for members to follow.

(Virtual meetings are held during the pandemic-details in calendar )

Thank you to our Remote CART* provider, Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, who kindly does our meeting captions, gratis.

*CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART is a service in which a certified CART provider listens to speech and instantaneously translates all the speech to text.

Meetings also have a StreamText link to provide live captioning during a meeting in order for anyone to follow via their device. (smartphone/computer/iPad etc.)

Chapter Member, Kat Imhausen (aka Mrs Claus) has stories for children with some sign language. LINK. Happiness is Signing.

Other ways to support this Chapter:

Nominate our chapter as your charity when you shop on Amazon or Ebay.

Urge your family members to also nominate our chapter as their charity when they shop on Amazon or Ebay.

Add HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter as your charity of choice to your Amazon account and help us receive a small percentage of your total purchase with every Amazon purchase you make..

How do I select us a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. (Our charity is listed by the full name Hearing Loss Association of America Inc Indianapolis.)

That is all.

From then on remember to always go to www.smile.amazon.com FIRST. Sign on with you Amazon logon and make your purchases. You will always see the Amazon Smile logo on the home page.

It is that easy!

Please urge your family members to list us as their charity in www.smil.amazon.com











Nominate us as your favorite charity when using ebay. You can donate any percentage you chose of any of your ebay sales/purchases to go to us. Click on the logo above.







Thank You For Your Support!

CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation

Thank you Susan Dezelan and to Caption First's Kathy Cortopassi, for being our Remote CART providers. We are most grateful for the donation of your time and skill.

Free Equipment Lending Library LINK

Donate your old Hearing Aids.

Hearing Aid Donation Center.pdf

Donate your old hearing aid (link to above form) when you attend our chapter meetings. We are a donation center for hearing Charities of America. www.HearingAidDonations.org All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

HLAA membership is complimentary for Veterans

As we observe Veterans Day this year, we would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to all of the men an women who currently serve or have served our country.

Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter

HLAA has a virtual chapter, specifically for Veteran members (and caregivers)! Members of this online chapter can log-in remotely, collaborate with others on projects, join discussions, delegate tasks, and more. You can find out more about the new HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter on the Veteranspage. If you are interested in joining the virtual chapter, please email chapters@hearingloss.org.

Veterans Info Link

Membership Benefits


Why You Should Join a Hearing Loss Chapter


  • Meet others with Hearing Loss


  • Learn how to improve understanding


  • Learn how community is helping


  • See technology that will help me


  • Enjoy social functions with the group


  • Tips on how to navigate the hearing world with hearing loss.